Physical Therapist Assistant
About the Career
About the Program
The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum is designed to meet all the accreditation requirements for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The PTA program at LCCC is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703.684.2782.
- American Physical Therapy Association
- Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
- Wyoming Physical Therapy Association
- Wyoming Professional Licensing Boards
- Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
Drug Screening and Criminal Background Checks
In addition to drug screening, for the safety of patients and health care workers, child abuse clearance and criminal background checks are required by some agencies prior to a clinical assignment. Certain criminal activity, as evidenced by a criminal background check, may also disqualify a student from clinical participation.
Students are advised that the inability to gain clinical education experiences can result in the inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. These circumstances may prevent acceptance into and/or continuance in the program.
Program Goals and Objectives
- 1. Produce PTA’s prepared to competently meet or exceed the entry level duties of a PTA in a variety of settings.
- 2. Produce PTA’s prepared to successfully complete the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination (NPTAE).
- 3. Develop and deliver an integrated academic program leading to the successful completion of the guidelines developed by the Higher Learning Commission of the North-Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), and the Normative Model of Physical Therapist Assistant Education: Version 2007.
- 4. Advance the recognition of the field of physical therapy and the role of the PTA within that field.
- 5. Promote the importance of continued personal and professional development through life-long learning and membership in professional organizations.
Graduates will be able to:
- 1. Work under the supervision of a physical therapist in an ethical, legal, and professional manner.
- 2. Implement a comprehensive treatment plan developed by the physical therapist.
- 3. Recognize and implement the use of outcomes for patients in a variety of settings.
- 4. Demonstrate effective oral, written, and non-verbal communications skills as it relates to a culturally diverse population.
- 5. Successfully integrate concepts from the prerequisite course work, basic sciences and PTA programming into physical therapy practice.
- 6. Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning, evidence based practice, and ongoing professional growth in physical therapy practice.
Mission Statement and Philosophy
The program philosophy is committed to a high standard of educational excellence while promoting learner responsibility, effective communication, critical thinking, and collaboration. We strive to educate entry level PTA practitioner generalists that adhere to professional, ethical, and legal guidelines of the profession to serve our communities. We strive for excellence in all aspects of student education. Student education will be focused on the theory, knowledge and clinical skills essential to the entry level PTA. The curriculum is designed for the optimal use of technical innovation, hands on learning, and thorough practical clinical education. This structure drives our emphasis on technology and communication to facilitate learning in the classroom and the clinic. Graduates will meet the diverse needs of employers and the community while providing high quality patient care under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
The foundation for the education of the PTA students is based on criteria and performance expectation described in A Normative Model of Physical Therapist Education: version 2007 by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).